Cruise

  • DISNEY CRUISE LINE: Disney spreads ever wider

    DISNEY CRUISE LINE: Disney spreads ever wider

    27th May 2011

    With its two new ships sailing from Port Canaveral, Disney Cruise Line is sending its two older vessels to a number of new ports during 2012. Beginning on 25 May, Disney Magic (1998/83,338gt) will sail 20 cruises from New York,…

  • CLASSIC CRUISES: Funchal bound for Asia

    CLASSIC CRUISES: Funchal bound for Asia

    27th May 2011

    Classic International Cruises’ 580-passenger Funchal (1961/9,563gt) will operate nine cruises for the Australian market from Singapore and Hong Kong between January and April next year. The programme includes two nine-night round-trip cruises from Singapore, four ten-night one-way sailings between Singapore…

  • TITANIC ANNIVERSARY: Titanic interest greater than ever

    TITANIC ANNIVERSARY: Titanic interest greater than ever

    27th May 2011

    Last year British operator Miles Morgan Travel chartered Fred. Olsen’s Balmoral (1988/43,537gt) for a special cruise to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic on 15 April 1912. The ship is fully booked, with more than 1,300 passengers…

  • AIDA CRUISES: AIDAsol debuts

    AIDA CRUISES: AIDAsol debuts

    4th May 2011

    Germany’s Meyer Werft delivered its latest newbuilding, the 253.33m by 32.2m AIDAsol, to compatriot owner AIDA cruises as the fifth in a total of six ships it is building for the Carnival-owned company. Like her sisterships, AIDAdiva, AIDAbella, AIDAluna and…

  • NORWEGIAN CL: More cabins for Dawn

    NORWEGIAN CL: More cabins for Dawn

    4th May 2011

    NCL’s Norwegian Dawn (2002/92,250gt) has undergone a major refit, which included the installation of 58 new accommodation units, including four deluxe owner’s suites, ten family suites with balconies and 30 inside staterooms. Her double occupancy capacity is now 2,332 passengers.…

  • PRINCESS CRUISES: New Royal Princess unveiled

    PRINCESS CRUISES: New Royal Princess unveiled

    28th April 2011

    Princess Cruises unveiled details of the new 141,000gt, 3,600-passenger Royal Princess, due to enter service in spring 2013. She is the first of a new series and not an evolution of the successful Grand class ships, although certain signature elements…

  • HAPPY CRUISES: Olé Happy Dolphin

    HAPPY CRUISES: Olé Happy Dolphin

    28th April 2011

    Spanish operator Happy Cruises has chartered the former Delphin Voyager (1990/21,884gt) for weekly Mediterranean and Adriatic cruises until October, using Venice, Piraeus and Istanbul as base ports. She takes over the published itineraries of one of Happy’s other two chartered…

  • COSTA CRUISES: Costa returns to Red Sea

    COSTA CRUISES: Costa returns to Red Sea

    28th April 2011

    Despite recent political unrest in Egypt, Costa Cruises will maintain a year-round presence in the Red Sea in 2012. Costa Allegra (1969/28,430gt) will be deployed in the region between December 2011 and March 2012, as will Grand Voyager (2000/24,391gt), operated…

  • SAGA CRUISES: Bleu becomes Sapphire

    SAGA CRUISES: Bleu becomes Sapphire

    28th April 2011

    Saga Cruises’ new acquisition is to be named Saga Sapphire when she enters service on 23 March 2012 after a major refit. The 37,301gt ship is currently sailing as Bleu de France for CDF Croisieres de France, a subsidiary of…

  • CASINO SHIP: New life for RCI veteran

    CASINO SHIP: New life for RCI veteran

    28th April 2011

    The 18,455gt casino ship Long Jie (1972/18,455), which first entered service 39 years ago as Royal Caribbean’s Sun Viking, has been sold to Chinese interests, renamed Oriental Dragon and will operate cruises from Shanghai to Korea and Hong Kong. She…